Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that a federal prosecutor has assessed certain issues relating to the FBI, the Clinton Foundation, and Uranium One, but said he would not appoint a second special adviser at this time.
In a letter to Senate Justice Chuck Grassley, Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Sessions revealed that he had asked US Attorney John Huber to give the evaluation to the To direct topics of the committees in the last months.
"I write in response to the recent letters calling for the appointment of a special adviser to review specific Justice Department investigations and investigations in 201
"While we continue to believe that the appointment of a second Special Envoy is necessary, this is a step in the right direction, and we expect US Attorney Huber to conduct an independent and thorough investigation based on his reputation is critical to rebuilding the Bureau and the DOJ in the eyes of the American people, "said Goodlatte and Gowdy in a statement.
The sessions featured a letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, reported by Fox News, instructing senior prosecutors to assess "specific issues" that were demanded by Congressional Republicans, including the sale of Uranium One and alleged illegal business in the United States Related to the Clinton Foundation.
On November 13, 2017, Boyd wrote: These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General [Rod Rosenstein]as appropriate, and make recommendations on whether to open matters that are not under investigation, whether in cases currently under investigation additional resources are needed, or whether any matters deserve the appointment of a special envoy.
Meetings Thursday revealed in letter top legislator in both chambers of Congress that Huber was the chief federal attorney who directed this effort.
"Mr. Huber performs his work outside the Washington DC area and in collaboration with the Inspector General." Sessions said Huber's review "would include a complete, complete and objective assessment of these matters in a manner consistent with the law and Facts. "
Huber is a federal attorney, twice unanimously confirmed by the Senate as US Attorney for the District of Utah in 2015 and again in 2017. Huber previously served in senior management roles in the US Attorney's Office as National Security Division Chief and Senior US Attorney
"I am regularly informed by Mr. Huber and, after completing his review, will receive recommendations as to whether matters that are not currently being investigated should be opened, regardless of whether they are topical English The investigations call for further resources, or whether any matters justify the appointment of a special envoy, said Sessions.
Huber would ultimately be the prosecutor to decide whether the questions raised by the Republicans in Congress justify the appointment of a second special adviser, Sessions said.
The Attorney General cited the US Code by stating that the appointment of a Special Defender was "only for use in exceptional circumstances" and that "any special adviser" should be selected outside the United States Government.
"In order to justify such an appointment, the Attorney General would have to conclude that" serving the public interest by depriving the Department of Justice of much of the responsibility for the matter, "the letter says.  Sessions added, "The department has successfully investigated and prosecuted many high-profile resource-intensive issues since the regulations were passed in 1999, but the standard of the guidelines was considered fulfilled only on two occasions," he said, "more", "accountable Prosecutors "to conduct investigations within the Division.
On March 6, Gowdy, RS.C., and Goodlatte, R-Va., Drafted a joint letter to Sessions, requesting the appointment of a special adviser for investigation from "conflicts of interest" and decisions "made and not made" by current and former Justi zbeamten in 2016 and 2017, the "public interest requires" the action.
The letter cited possible FISSA (International Intelligence Surveillance Act) abused, the Minister of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Wednesday by his team.
"The Office of the Inspector General will launch a review to investigate compliance with the legal requirements of the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Investigation, as well as the applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures in filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (FISC). in relation to a particular US person, "says Fox News's Horowitz statement. "As part of this investigation, the OIG will also review information known to the DOJ and the FBI at the time the applications were submitted by or through an alleged FBI confidential source."
Sessions told legislators in his Thursday letter He understood that the Ministry of Justice "was not above criticism", and noted that if someone missed "the highest level of integrity, ethics and professionalism", he would act.
"I will live up to my responsibility to take necessary measures to safeguard the integrity of our work," Sessions wrote, thanking the legislators for their "leadership" in affairs and declaring that they have their letters both Huber and Horowitz.
Fox News & # 39; Bill Mears has contributed to this report.